Foss Islands BioBlitz

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25th August
St Nicks Environment Centre, York, YO10 3ST

Become a wildlife explorer for a day and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event. Our team of experienced naturalists and wildlife watchers need your help to find and identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties as we can before the clock runs out. Just like a real scientific expedition, everything we find will be documented and passed on to local and national databases that monitor our local wildlife. With interactive activities for kids, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone at a BioBlitz.

What’s happening

At Foss Islands BioBlitz you can explore the amazing Foss Islands Greenway as we celebrate the diverse nature on this urban corridor.

Drop in and see us on the day at St Nicks Environment Centre for some amazing activities including mammal trapping, nature walks, a pollinator potter, a minibeast safari, and much more!

• Start – 9.15am on 25th August
• Finish – 6.30pm 25th August (with a picnic 6.30-7.30pm)

Getting here

We encourage all our visitors to come on foot, by bicycle or bus whenever possible. There is a small car park in front of the Environment Centre if it is needed. i-Travel can help you plan your journey without or with a car but these are the basic directions. Walking or cycling: Either go along the Sustrans Cycle route no. 66, or along Lawrence St and turn down Bull Lane or use the entrance on Melrosegate between the Post Office and Beckside Gardens. Coming by bus: Bus no 6 (run by First) goes to Alcuin Avenue (off Melrosegate) while buses no 8 (run by First), 10/10A (run by First) and 747 (run by EYMS) stop in Lawrence Street. For up-to date bus timetables and routes, please click on the bus links or use Traveline or i-Travel websites to plan your journey. Coming by car: From Lawrence Street (A1079 Hull Road) turn down Melrosegate and take the first left Harington Avenue. At the bottom of this road you will see a welcome sign and a couple of pine trees. Drive between them to the Centre building with a wind turbine. The car park is not secured.

Fully accessible to pushchairs and wheelchair users

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Enormous thanks to everyone involved in running this special event including…
Sustrans, St Nicks, and Urban Buzz